When Paul McCartney’s “Kisses on the Bottom” CD and LP was released earlier this year we posted on all the known variations at that time.
This week I had an email from Andrey in Russia alerting me to not one, but three further variations.
They are all Russian editions of the CD version of “Kisses”:
* A 14-track official CD in a digipack – with an official Russian Universal Music small sticker on the front,
* A 14-track illegal or pirate CD in a jewel case (using the same cover as the EU official version) and,
* A 16-track illegal or pirate “Deluxe” CD+DVD (of the iTunes Live concert) in a cardboard digipack.
Andrey kindly sent some great scans of the covers, so here they are. Firstly the official Russian Universal Music edition, with 14 tracks in a cardboard digipack sleeve. You can see the official sticker on the front:
Note in the small print the official Russian publication details on the back.
Next an “unofficial” or pirate version which comes in a plastic jewel case:
And finally, the other “unofficial” or pirate edition. This time it is the Deluxe 16-track version of the CD. It comes in a cardboard digipack complete with a “bonus” DVD containing the Apple iTunes launch concert of the album live from the Capitol studios in Hollywood, California. This, to my knowledge, has never been officially released in hard copy like this. (However, if you purchased the official Deluxe edition you do get a bonus digital download of the same performance):
(To see larger versions of all the covers above just click on the images)
Thanks to Russian collector Andrey for this information and the images. See also the terrific website beatlesvinyl.com.ua for comprehensive information, images and details of other USSR and Russian Beatles releases.
If you have any interesting Beatles or solo releases feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: The very informed and accurate Wogblog site is reporting that the Capitol Studios live concert performance of “Kisses on the Bottom” will be officially released on DVD on September 7th. Thanks for that Roger. Here’s the promo poster for the DVD: